Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
When to Consider a Portland Injury Attorney
"By a declaration of rights I mean one which shall stipulate freedom
of religion, freedom of the press, trial by juries in all cases..."
- Thomas Jefferson.
It is not uncommon for a potential client to ask our firm if they really
need a lawyer. At Angel Law, P.C., we are dedicated to providing honest
answers to our clients'
questions. We do not hesitate to help our clients determine whether or not representation
is right for their case. If you are dealing with complex legal issues
or significant financial loss after a
serious personal injury, you can recover a much greater amount of compensation with the guidance
of a Portland personal injury lawyer at Angel Law, P.C.
Understanding Insurance Companies
Whether you are in a
car accident or any kind of motor vehicle accident, you are almost always dealing with
an insurance company and not just the negligent driver. If you are hurt by the
negligence of a physician or have been injured by a dangerous condition in your place of work, you
are dealing with an insurance company. Insurance companies don't often
take your claim seriously without the involvement of an attorney.
With the presence of an assertive attorney, the insurance company fears
the threat of a lawsuit. On the other hand, the insurance company does
not usually believe than an unrepresented claimant can prepare and file
an effective lawsuit on their own. Insurance companies seek to settle
at the minimum amount possible and do not have the client's best interests
at heart. In fact, insurance companies often require force from a lawyer
to settle at a fair amount.
Filing Deadlines are Critical
An injury lawyer will make sure your claim is filed by the deadline, which
is often shorter than you believe. Many claims in Oregon require a 180-day
notice to the defendant alerting the defendant that you intend to pursue
a negligence lawsuit. If an injured person fails to provide the 180-day
notice for the kind of claims required, he or she could lose the right
to purse the claim altogether.
Claims against the state of Oregon, including the Department of Human Services,
OHSU Medical Center, the Oregon State Police or the Department of Corrections
also come with special filing and notice requirements that many unrepresented
plaintiffs might find difficult to understand. The same is true with claims
against the federal government of the United States.
What is a Fair Settlement?
An experienced personal injury lawyer in Portland will also help you identify
all the damages you are entitled to claim in an injury case. If someone's
reckless or negligent act caused you injury, you should be compensated
for the loss. Your medical bills should be paid, as well as your lost
wages and repairs to your car, truck or SUV. The mission of an experienced
attorney is to answer all of your questions regarding fair settlements
and uncover all of your losses while negotiating compensation.
Sometimes, the at-fault party or their insurance company will not budge.
If your lawyer cannot negotiate a fair settlement with the defendant,
your attorney must be willing and able to present the lawsuit to a jury.
This is possibly the biggest reason that an injured claimant needs a lawyer.
When the defendant, or more accurately the defendant's insurance carrier,
understands they are going to have to answer to a jury they will be more
willing to negotiate. When you choose to settle your case without an attorney,
the insurance company never fears the prospect of facing a jury simply
because a vast majority of claimants would never attempt to draft and
file the necessary legal documents themselves to commence a lawsuit.
Legal Protection During Your Personal Injury Case
If you are dealing with an insurance company as the result of an accident
caused by a negligent individual, you can bet that the insurance company
will have a team of adjusters, investigators, and lawyers prepared to
reduce the compensation. They may try to pressure you to have your car
repaired at one of their affiliated garages. Keep in mind that you must
ensure that the playing field is level and that you are not being taken
advantage of during your case.
Our Portland personal injury attorney can help protect your rights, ensuring you receive the just compensation
you deserve. At Angel Law, P.C., we have your best interests in mind and
can discuss your personal injury case with you in person. To learn why
you should work with us, request a
free initial consultation today!
Contact us today for the legal guidance you deserve!